“Yay! Time to potty train, said no mum ever”
Like any parent I have spoken to when it comes to Potty Training it brings on cold sweats and also hatred of story’s from other parents whose child did it first go – No Thanks Susan I don’t care if all your kids cracked it first time!
I tried it a couple of times with Heidi and every time she just seemed terrified and would wee all over the floor, rugs and the couch and no one wants a smelly wee soaked couch. I think we introduced the potty in to our lives when she was around one and a half which looking back I think was probably a bit too young. But you hear other mums talking about there kids being potty trained and automatically think your child is not progressing as they should.
After the first fail we tried on and off until she turned three and I knew it needed to be done sooner rather than later because 1. We had baby number 2 coming soon and I didnt want to have to be buying two lots of nappys and 2. she was moving in to pre school and it was something that had to happen while she was in there.
Heidi’s pre school teacher helped us a lot and within a week of her helping us while she was in nursery and carrying that on in to the home we cracked it! Im not bragging here but within two weeks she was trained through the night also because she just hated having a nappy on. My one worry was once alfie came along would she see him wearing a nappy and want to revert back to being a “baby” as such. She ended up being trained about two weeks before Alfie arrived which was a huge weight off my shoulders.
So, here are a few of my tips I learnt along the way and hope they help,
- Every child is different so dont worry if Susan’s daughter was 2 years old, when your child is ready they will just crack it one day.
- Patience, and wine! Wee’s on the floor are going to happen and it will take a couple of days but they will get there eventually. I could of screamed the amount of times Heidi would say she needed a wee then wee right next to the potty!
- Let them pick out there own potty – we ended up with a Thomas the tank engine one that played a tune but its what she wanted and it made her want to use it.
- Also let them choose there own underwear – Heidi loved picking out Paw patrol ones.
- Sticker Charts – I was dubious of this one at first but the nursery introduced this and we also used it at home and she just loved having stickers filling up on her chart.
- Praise – Heidi loves nothing better than being told shes a good girl and getting a clap so everytime she did a wee in her potty we would always give her a over the top clap and she was so happy.
- YouTube videos – Heidi used to watch a video of paw patrol pups using the potty and we would say if you use the toilet you can be a big pup too.
- Make sure everyone is on board – If like us your child is in nursery or looked after by grandparents/friends/relitives make sure everyone has the patience to keep it going.
I hope those tips help and rememember as I said before dont worry about it to much, they are not going to be in nappys forever it will happen in time.
Good Luck and if you have any tips for boys potty training I would love to know for future when its Alfie’s turn – wish me luck.